Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Boyne Valley, Droichead Arts Centre and film maker Frank W. Kelly launch the Boyne Valley International Film Festival.

This two day event will feature the best short films from around the country, and the world, with a special focus on films made in the region.

BVIFF are now inviting screen writers to pitch a short film idea by email, no longer than 2 pages. Three film makers will be shortlisted by a panel (TBC), awarded a bursary of €500, and each will be invited to present their short film idea to the panel during the festival. One lucky film maker will be chosen, and further awarded a bursary of €2,500 to write the script, plus a studio space for 6 months in Droichead Arts Centre, Barlow House. We welcome applications from film makers whose voices are currently under represented in the Irish film sector. If you require any assistance or support with your application please do not hesitate to contact rita.mcquillan@droichead.comWe want to create an environment for filmmakers and audiences to connect, and celebrate film in the historical medieval town of Drogheda, and the Boyne Valley Region.

How to apply: By email, 2 pages max. Deadline 5pm 5 August 2022. Limited to one entry per person.

Introduction – A brief overview of the film. Include title, logline, genre, and theme of the project.

Synopsis (500 words)

Character breakdown


Email submissions to by 5pm Fri 5th Aug 2022.

Please send in a word and pdf document, and only include your name on the pdf document. The panel will not know the identity of the applicant when shortlisting. The three short listed applicants will be notified on the 8 August, and must be available to present their idea to the panel on the 12/13 August (TBC). The bursary recipient will be announced after our panel discussion on the 13 August at Droichead. 

Funded by the Arts Council, Meath County Council Arts Office, Louth County Council and in partnership with Love Drogheda BIDS.